The Natural History Trail Tour

This introductory tour covers highlights from the 10,000 animals on display and covers themes such as endangerment, extinction and biodiversity


Students in the Reading Area

At the Museum

Important Information

All groups who are coming to the Museum must book their visit with the Bookings Office.

All tours and workshops must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

On this tour you can:

  • Discover how the giant Irish deer became extinct 10,500 years ago in Ireland
  • Learn about the re-introduction programme that has brought a top predator back to Ireland after it was lost from the Island for over one hundred years.
  • Observe skulls and mounts of the extinct thylacine and hear the tale of Benjamin, the last captive thylacine in Tasmania
  • Stand shoulder to shoulder with a rhinoceros and hear how technology is trying to save the species from extinction.
  • Hear the tale of Irish Arctic Explorer Sir Francis Leopold McClintock and the polar bear

Maximum 30 per group. Duration 60 minutes.

This tour is not wheelchair accessible. With advanced notification the tour can be adapted to take place on the ground floor only for groups with mobility issues.


Key Curriculum Links

Junior Certificate

Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE) Action Project, Concepts Stewardship and Development

Environmental and Social Studies (ESS) Section 2: People in their Environments

Transition Year

Transition Units e.g. Environmental Studies/ Environmental Awareness and Care/ Debating Development (Climate Change).

Leaving Certificate

Biology (1.4. General Principles of Ecology; 1.5. A Study of an Ecosystem)

Geography (Elective Unit 4: Patterns and processes in economic activities, Optional Unit 6: Global interdependence, Optional Unit 7: Geoecology)